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Job Summary

The Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling department seeks Meditation Instructors (MIs) to provide up to eight students with individual mindfulness meditation instruction.

This is a one-semester appointment.

This is a 1-credit course offered in the hybrid concentration asynchronously online, August 23 – December 10, and synchronously during class meetings in two intensives: August 27-29 online, and November 15-20 (online if you reside remotely, or at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado if you reside locally).

Course Description

CNST-720E Extending Mindfulness (1 Credit)
Based on the foundation of mindfulness meditation provided in CNST-621, this course supports the students’ continuing development of mindfulness as a resource for both counselor and client. Methods of cultivating awareness in daily life activities are emphasized. Students apply mindful awareness to the body-speech-mind from a contemplative observation. Training in designing mindfulness exercises for others is included. Prerequisite: CNST621E.


Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide individual 30-minute sessions of meditation instruction for about 7 (i.e., 6-to-8) students 2-to-3 times during the semester.
  • As appropriate, work with the course instructor to manage and/or mediate student issues and educational obstacles.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Have authorization to teach mindfulness meditation in a mindfulness meditation tradition, at Naropa or elsewhere, such as evidenced by:

  • Authorization to teach based on completing a teaching apprenticeship or certification program in mindfulness-based meditation taught by an authorized teacher in an established tradition; or
  • Training by a teacher from a recognized mindfulness meditation tradition (minimum three (3) years), and a letter of recommendation from that teacher confirming experience and understanding of meditation practice and readiness to guide meditation students in the practice of mindfulness meditation;
  • A longstanding (3 years at least) and currently regular contemplative practice, including daily practice (i.e., at least five days per week) and at least four weeks of intensive solitary or group retreat (i.e., formal retreat practice).
  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, or a related field.
  • Ability to create and maintain a positive team environment and behave professionally with everyone encountered in the course and scope of the job duties.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a close team, working collaboratively with course instructor and students.
  • A high degree of emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and communication skills.
  • An understanding of the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the impact these have on equity, access, and opportunity.
  • Commitment to co-create a diverse and inclusive community.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Naropa’s Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Psychology Counseling concentration.
  • Prior experience with direct clinical work in counseling, psychology, or related field.


Physical Requirements & Environmental Conditions

Faculty members spend most of their time in their classrooms or in virtual meetings with some time in offices. In the classrooms and on campus may experience: interruptions, distractions, heat, cold, dust and/or dampness. As a faculty member, you may spend extended periods in front of students and speaking as well as:

  • Reading academic texts and materials, student papers, etc.
  • Operating personal computer and audio-visual equipment.
  • Standing or sitting for hours at a time.
  • Moving around campus for classes and meetings.


Naropa’s health and welfare benefits include the following: medical, dental, vision, FSA, HSA, employer-paid short-term and long-term disability, employer-paid life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment, an employer-sponsored pre-tax retirement savings plan, and a variety of voluntary, employee-paid supplemental insurance plans.

A comprehensive benefits package is available to full-time employees who work a minimum of 30 hours each week.

Employees who work 20 – 29 hours each week are eligible for only the employer-paid short-term & long-term disability, employer-paid life insurance & accidental death and dismemberment, and the retirement plan.

Employees who work fewer than 20 hours per week are eligible to participate in Naropa’s retirement plan only.

All regular full-time and part-time employees accrue sick leave benefits; accrual rates vary based on the position, hours worked, and years of service.

Naropa University’s commitment to diversity aligns with its highest aspirations to apply contemplative inquiry and education to explore and embody the human qualities that facilitate collaboration to create a common humanity and a just society. Individuals who have experience with and a commitment to inclusive communities are encouraged to apply. EOE

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual and relationship violence. This law applies to all students, faculty, and staff.

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